Do you a) Book your winter ski holiday in again for the same time next year, or do you b) Discover what Niseko has to offer in the summer? Now, I can hear you asking, “But why on earth would I consider visiting Niseko in summer when the winter season is so incredible?”
For many of us in the MnK team, it was winter that first drew us to Niseko, but in actual fact summer is the reason most of us are still here today. So, with that, let us share with you 7 reasons why Niseko in the summer (or also known as the green season) is one of Japan’s best kept secrets, and we’ll see if you’re not persuaded to give summer a go by the end of this post.
Navigating your way around Niseko and surrounds could not be more stress-free in summer. Nearby towns are easily accessible from Niseko, with places like Otaru city, Yoichi town and Niki town all approximately 1.5 hours’ drive away. Sapporo city, Shakotan Peninsula and Lake Toya all make for exciting day trips, and are no more than 2 – 2.5 hours’ drive from our three resorts. Whereas Niseko town, Makkari village, Rusutsu village and Suttsu town are all more or less at your doorstep. In contrast to winter, driving during the green season is incredibly safe. Turn up the music, feel the sun on your skin, the wind blowing in your hair and just drive. Summer road trips are just the best! Watch a sample driving itinerary here.
The warmer months pave their way for an abundance of outdoor activities in Niseko. The options are endless, but some of our favourite summer outdoor activities include golfing, white-water rafting, hiking, trail running, cycling, mountain biking, horse riding, stand up paddle boarding and fly fishing. Summer provides the perfect opportunity to get out there and try something new, or practice something you have loved doing for years.
For some, particularly city dwellers, it isn’t every day that you get to spend time surrounded by nature. When open fields, fresh mountain air and a beautiful natural setting are all at your disposal, it’s hard to not feel invigorated. Our secure resort communities at Country Resort and The Orchards are the perfect playground for children to get outside and explore safely. Our EdVenture summer kids camps also provide children aged 3 – 14 years the opportunity to learn new skills by participating in hands-on activities, make new friends from all over the world, and for families to create special memories together. With the kids occupied, parents and guardians are free to set off on their own adventures, because why should the kids have all the fun?
Whilst slowly growing in popularity, the warmer months see less crowds compared to winter. This means it is easier to make restaurant bookings, and as summer is the period of harvest for many local farmers, you are guaranteed fresh, quality ingredients. Enjoy fruit picking in nearby orchards, visiting the local farmer’s markets and roadside stalls, and farm tours where there is an abundance of high quality produce. One of the MnK team’s most enjoyed summer activity is having BBQ’s using local ingredients, with BBQ rental packages also available for our guests. Plus, our MnK Chef is available all year round to cook up a storm and we also have restuarant J'ai la Patate on-site at Country Resort.
Festivals play an integral role in Japanese culture. In Niseko, the community comes together for several exciting festivals and makes the most of the short summer. Our favourite is the Hirafu Matsuri, which usually takes place in late August and features performances, games, music, great food and fireworks.
Hokkaido experiences milder temperatures and less humidity than the rest of Japan during summer. Enjoy the refreshing comfort of the Hokkaido climate, with temperatures averaging 24°C and rarely exceeding 30°C between June and August. This means you can enjoy all the summer activities without breaking a sweat.
Saving money on your accommodation means funds can be spent elsewhere, like towards creating unforgettable experiences with loved ones. This coming summer, we are offering all of our guests the opportunity to save up to 50% off accommodation bookings. See our specials page for further details and to book.